Citizens

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We strongly condemn those who attempted a coup d’etat on July 15th. They staged an armed and bloody attack against the Parliament of our Republic of Turkey established thanks to the leadership of Atatürk.

We once again emphasize that the principle of secularism, respecting the Constitution and laws as well as the separation of powers are vital for a true democracy and peace. We think that using mosques for political gain is a dangerous mistake. We demand that the provocative announcements that might divide the nation into enemy camps be stopped immediately; they might lead to clashes between siblings, the police, army and civilians.

Jennifer Clement- Opening words for BLED Meeting 2016

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I am honored to be here today with all of you and honored to celebrate PEN Slovenia’s 90th anniversary. I am here today with PEN’s International’s Secretary Hori Takeaki, Antonio Della Rocca, Board Member and our Executive Director, Carles Torner, to honor the anniversary and also because of the gravity of our times. We could be no where else.

There are places on our broken planet we associate with moments when humankind has acted with greatness. In past decades I think of Nuremburg. I think of Cape Town and The Hague. And I think of Bled.

A few weeks ago there was an historic meeting held between the Turkish and Kurdish PEN Centers. Afterward Zeynep Oral, President of Turkish PEN, wrote in her report the following, “At present, even uttering the word “peace” is dangerous, open to accusation, punishment and attacks”.

PEN Peace Conference: “Farewell to Arms”

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25 April 2016
PEN International, Kurdish PEN Centre and PEN Turkey Centre held a Peace Conference in Diyarbakır-Turkey on 24-25 April, 2016.PEN Int’l President Jennifer Clement and President Emeritus John Ralston Saul sent video messages of appreciation and solidarity. PEN Int’l was represented by Vice-President Eugene Schoulgin and Peace Committee Int’l Chair Tone Peršak, Kurdish PEN by President Shexmus Sefer, and PEN Turkey by President Zeynep Oral and Vice-President Halil Ibrahim Özcan.

The opening speeches, including the one by Diyarbakır Co-Mayor Fırat Anlı, were followed by the peace letter read by Mrs Türkan Elçi; her husband Tahir Elçi was assassinated last year, when he was President of Diyarbakır Bar.

The guest speakers were Prof. Dr. Abbas Vali, Prof. Dr. Jabbar Kadir, Prof. Dr. Jean Pierre Massias, sociologist Dr Nazan Üstündağ, journalist Yüksel Genç, lawyer Fikret Ilkiz, and Editor-in-Chief of Daily Cumhuriyet Can Dündar.

Uluslararası PEN'den açıklama

Sevgili / Sayın PEN Üyeleri;

Bugün Anayasa Mahkemesi'nin 'hak ihlali' kararının ardından, Cumhuriyet Gazetesi Genel Yayın Yönetmeni ve ayni zamanda üyemiz olan Can Dündar ile Cumhuriyet Gazetesi Ankara Temsilcisi Erdem Gül'ün Silivri'den tahliye edilmesi beklenirken, Uluslararası PEN, PEN İngiltere ve PEN Türkiye bir açıklama yayınlayarak, hem Anayasa Mahkemesi'nin kararını hem de gelişmeden duyduklartı memnuniyeti dünyaya duyurdu. Açıklamanın tümüne şu adresten ulaşabilirsiniz.

http://www.pen-international.org/newsitems/turkey-constitutional-court-r...

Letter to Kurdish PEN Centre from PEN Turkey Centre

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23 January 2016

Peace, now –immediately!

One more child, one more youngster, one more child, one more youngster! With each child and youngster, with each human being that is killed, humanity dies. With each human who is murdered, bombed, caught in crossfire, there is more and more hatred with desire for revenge. Each youngster who is sent to his or her death has the same colour blood, and with each loss the emptiness left behind and the unbearable suffering is the same…

For months now, in Sur, Silvan, Nusaybin, Cizre, Silopi, Diyarbakır and other places, masses of citizens of the Republic of Turkey  had to leave their homes, villages and cities,; some had to survive   all the restrictions imposed on them;  some have been caught in crossfire; some cannot reach the dead bodies of the ones beloved;  some   do not have access to their victimized family members, and some have no water or food.

Uluslararası PEN'in yeni başkanı Jennifer Clement

Sabit Fikir

19-10-2015

Uluslararası PEN'in yeni başkanı Jennifer Clement Kanada'nın Quebec kentinde düzenlenen 81. Uluslararası PEN Kongresi'nde, son altı yıldır kuruluşun  başkanlığını yapan Kanadalı yazar John Ralston Saul görevini yazar Jennifer Clement'a devretti. Türkiye’den Zeynep Oral ve Sırbistan’dan Vida Ognjenovic’le birlikte ilk kez üç kadın adayın katıldığı  başkanlık seçiminde Uluslararası PEN Kongresi’nin en çok oyunu alan Jennifer Clement, herkese  teşekkür ettikten sonra, “Bu bir ödül değil, bir güven senedi. Umarım güveninize layık olurum”  dedi.

PEN Türkiye: “Silahlar sussun!”

PEN Türkiye: “Silahlar sussun!”
01.09.2015 Radikal

Dünya Yazarlar Birliği PEN Türkiye Merkezi, “1 Eylül Barış Günü” vesilesiyle bir mesaj yayımladı: Şiddet kullanarak kaosu artırmaktan medet umanları barış diline ve davranışına çağırıyoruz. Silahlar sussun!

Dünyada nicedir 21 Eylül günü Barış Günü olarak değerlendiriliyor, Türkiye'deki barışseverler 1 Eylül alışkanlığını sürdürüyor. Gerek ülkemizde gerekse Ortadoğu'daki durumun vahimliği apaçık ortada. Bu nedenle, bu 1 Eylül günü de PEN olarak açıklama yapma gereği duyuyoruz: Türkiye Cumhuriyeti'nin laik demokratik bir parlamenter cumhuriyet çizgisinde gelişmesi hem anayasadaki tanımı gereği hem de barış için savunulmalıdır. Dünya Yazarlar Birliği PEN Türkiye Merkezi olarak, şiddet kullanarak kaosu artırmaktan medet umanları barış diline ve davranışına çağırıyoruz. Silahlar sussun!

PEN Türkiye Yazarlar Derneği Yönetim Kurulu

English PEN: ''Gazeteciler hedef gösteriliyor''

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English PEN: ''Gazeteciler hedef gösteriliyor''

Uluslararası yazarlar birliği English PEN, VICE News haber kuruluşuna bağlı çalışan ve geçen hafta Diyarbakır’da gözaltına alınan gazetecilerin hemen serbest bırakılması için Türkiye’ye çağrıda bulundu.

31.08.2015 14:46

Merkezi İngiltere’de bulunan uluslararası yazarlar birliği English PEN, geçtiğimiz Perşembe günü Diyarbakır’ın Silvan ve Lice ilçelerinde yaşanan gelişmeleri aktarmak amacıyla bölgeye gelen ve gözaltına alınan gazetecilerin derhal serbest bırakılması için Türkiye’ye çağrıda bulundu. ABD merkezli VICE News haber kuruluşuna çalışan İngiliz vatandaşı muhabir Jake Hanrahan, kameraman Philip Pendlebury, bir çevirmen ve ekip şoförü gözaltına alınmıştı.

English PEN’in resmi internet sayfasından yaptığı basın açıklamasında, “Bir Avrupa Konseyi üyesi olarak Türkiye, Avrupa İnsan Hakları Sözleşmesi ve Kişisel ve Siyasal Haklar Uluslararası Sözleşmesi’ne bağlı bir devlettir. Bu nedenle, gazetecilerin ifade özgürlüğü hakkına saygılı, hiçbir engel ve tehdide maruz bırakmadan, özgürce bilgi edinmesini sağlanmakla yükümlüdür.” denildi. Bölgede artan gerilime dikkat çeken yazarlar birliği, böyle zamanlarda gazetecilerin korkutma politikası olmadan görevlerini yerine getirmesinin çok daha önemli olduğu vurgulandı. 

Electing our new PEN International President

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Dear PEN Members,

For the first time since 1921, we will have a woman colleague as our International President. All three candidates are wonderful: Jennifer Clement, Vida Ognjenovic and Zeynep Oral.In view of the equality of all three candidates, the international situation is an important factor in this election. Amidst growing chaotic oppression and more bloodshed each day, I’d like to share my view as a former member of PEN International Board.

The equality of men and women has been on the agenda of every civilized movement. Unfortunately, it is menaced by sectarian religious organizations and governments in the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Writers, poets, playwrights, critics, cartoonists, bloggers, journalists, editors, translators, publishers, performers, and peaceful demonstrators are under attack in many ways. There are also wars, armed conflicts, tragedies including those of beheaded children, sexual slavery, torture and terrified refugees. Linguistic and LGBTI rights are still far from being recognised in so many places.

PEN Letter August 2015

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6 August 2015

Dear / Esteemed PEN members,

I am writing the letter for August in pain. Once more our country is engulfed in a pool of blood!

Two days ago, we published a statement in the name of PEN Turkey Directorial Board: “PEN Turkey calls the Parliament on Duty: and the Authorities to Exercise the Language of Peace.” Our friend, Nihat Ateş, delivered our call to all the members. I won’t repeat it here.
(Those who’ve missed it take a look here: http://www.cumhuriyet.com.tr/koseyazisi/338661/Ulkeyi_savaslara_mahk_m_e...)

This was neither our first call nor the last… We had condemned the Suruc Massacre claimed by ISIS on the 20th of July with the following words:

“32 young lives have been brutally taken from our hands in Suruc. We condemn this massacre that took place at the Amara Cultural Centre during a press release. We demand from the authorities two bring those responsible for this attack against Turkey, humanity and brotherhood to justice. The language of peace has always been harder to exercise then the language of war. We have always stood up for peace. And now we will work to defend it even stronger… We wish patience to the families and friends of out brothers that lost their lives and wish a speedy recovery for those that were injured.”
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